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Kilnsey Crag, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23

Guide Price
Savills, York
817,186 sq. ft.

(75,919 sq. m.)

Key features

  • Iconic and internationally recognised landmark of the Yorkshire Dales
  • Surrounding upland calcareous grassland pasture
  • Stands at 170ft in height with an overhang of 40ft
  • Designated Site of Special Scientific Interest
  • Range of red list flora and fauna with potential for biodiversity enhancement
  • Deadline for offers 12 noon Thursday 6th July 2023

Property description

The renowned limestone cliff situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, in all about 18.76 acres (7.59 hectares).


The sale represents a genuinely unique opportunity to purchase one of “The Big Three” limestone crags in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The overhanging cliff, formed by the force of The Wharfedale Glacier thousands of years ago, is awe inspiring and internationally recognised. The sale extends to about 18.76 acres (7.59 hectares) of crag, limestone and upland calcareous grassland pasture.

The Crag stands at 170 ft in height with an overhang of 40ft, and is a popular tourist attraction with great accessibility from the B6160 adjacent. The cliff and land is teeming with rare flora and fauna contributing to its Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Limestone Pavement Order designation.

At the foot of the Crag is a sheltered area and small stream, which opens out towards the North, yet still in the shadow of the cliff. Between White Beck and the Crag is an area of tussocky grass and reeds providing sanctuary for a range of habitats and species, where the cliff face flattens there is a mixture of grass and scree, with naturally regenerated trees and shrubs.

The land is host to a range of red list flora and fauna with obvious potential for biodiversity enhancement. The land has been subject to management prescriptions suited to its need through Agri-Environment Schemes over the last 20 years. There is significant potential for further enhancement and protection of this area of the Malham-Arncliffe SSSI.

The sale offers significant amenity, biodiversity, and environmental opportunities.

Kilnsey Crag is the backdrop and natural amphitheatre to the famous Kilnsey Agricultural Show, which happens on the Tuesday after the Summer Bank Holiday every year. A highlight of the event is the British Open Fell Running Association fell race. This attracts competitors from across the country with the highlight being the decent of the ‘chimney’, a steep crevice of rock in the crag face.

Kilnsey Crag is internationally recognised amongst the rock climbing community as one of the most iconic and challenging climbs to be conquered.

Acreage: 18.76 Acres

Additional Info

Rights of Way, Easements & Wayleaves - The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all existing wayleaves, easements, and rights of way. There are no public footpaths on the land however the land is designated as open access under the Countryside Rights of Way Act (CROW).

Tenure - The freehold is offered for sale with vacant possession.

Services - There is no knowledge of any services connected to
the land.

Sporting Rights - The sporting rights (shooting and fishing) are reserved to a third parties and are not included in the sale.

Mineral Rights - The mineral rights are reserved to a third party and are not included in the sale.

Tenure and Grazing Rights - The land is not subject to any tenancies or third party grazing rights, vacant possession will be available at completion.

Local Authority - Craven District Council, Belle Vue Square, 1 Boughton Road, Skipton, BD23 1FJ

Subsidies and Grants - The land is registered on the Rural Land Registry, the vendor has claimed and will retain the 2023 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payment, the BPS Entitlements are not included in the sale. The land is also subject to a Higher Tier Country Stewardship Scheme, which commenced in January 2023.

Designations - The foot of The Crag is classified as Severely Disadvantaged Land whereas the Crag itself and land above is classified as Moorland and lies within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The land is also designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and subject to a Limestone Pavement Order.

VAT- The land is not opted to tax, therefore VAT will not be charged.

Method of Sale - The land is offered for sale by private treaty as a whole. All prospective purchasers are encouraged to register their interest with the selling agents.

Postcode - BD23 5PT (nearest)

Date of Information - Particulars prepared – May 2023. Photographs taken – May 2023

Viewing - The land may be inspected at all reasonable times, on foot, from the base of the Crag and with a copy of the sale brochure. Care should be taken, with particular note to open ditches, drains, livestock and wildlife. Do not attempt to climb or access the top of the Crag.


Web Details

Kilnsey Crag, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23


Distances are straight line measurements from the centre of the postcode
  • Gargrave Station9.2 miles

About the agent

Savills, York

River House, 17 Museum Street York YO1 7DJ

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